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In Statehouse Report: 6,000 bills filed and counting

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 3:34pm
IAR’s governmental affairs team is sorting through the more than 6,000 bills that have been filed in the General Assembly. As of just before noon Friday, there were 2,027 Senate Bills and 3,986 House bills filed. Of course, IAR’s lobbyists go … Continue reading →

5 practical lessons learned through IAR’s Legal Webinar

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 3:30pm
Advice regarding surveillance videos, commercial drones, state real estate licenses, medical marijuana and tenant foreclosure rights were among the topics addressed during the Feb. 19 Illinois Association of REALTORS® Legal Webinar. Although IAR Members were able to get answers to … Continue reading →

Thursday’s ‘Housing Older Adults’ Webinar available online

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 2:23pm
View a recording of the National Housing Conference’s Webinar “Housing Older Adults” at your own convenience. The webinar, sponsored by the National Association of REALTORS®, discusses concepts like safety and quality of neighborhoods for older adults, as well as the … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: U.S. pending home sales hit 18-month high

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 10:06am
Home buyer demand improved in January with the number of pending home sales (based on contract signings) climbing to a level not seen since August 2013, the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) announced today. NAR’s Pending Home Sales Index rose … Continue reading →

Four Things Every REALTOR® Needs to Know About Tax Preparations

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 9:15am
Excellent record keeping and the selection of competent tax professionals who understand the business are essential for Illinois REALTORS®. Investors need tax professionals familiar with the type of investments they use: stocks, mutual funds, real estate, etc. If you haven’t … Continue reading →

Chicago NAHREP holds leadership installation, reception

Fri, 02/27/2015 - 9:12am
The Chicago Chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals held their annual leadership Installation and Reception last night at the Marriott Hotel Midway. As the organization grows, Chicago members are also involved in leadership within the national … Continue reading →

IDFPR provides process to transfer to broker license from managing broker license

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 1:30pm
The Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation just released a new form that will allow managing brokers to revert to broker status. The form came in response to efforts by the Illinois Association of REALTORS® to gain clarity on … Continue reading →

Supporters gather to support Chiles’ aldermanic bid

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 12:17pm
State Senator Sam McCann, Sangamon County Sheriff Wes Barr and Springfield Ward 6 Alderman Cory Jobe were just a few of those who attended a fundraiser for IAR Past President Phil Chiles Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 at IAR’s headquarters in … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Mortgage interest rates edge higher after stronger housing data

Thu, 02/26/2015 - 11:12am
Following reports of improved home prices and stronger new home sales data, mortgage rates moved higher for the third consecutive week, Freddie Mac reports today. The 30-year, fixed-rate mortgage averaged 3.80 percent this week while the 15-year averaged 3.07 percent. … Continue reading →

Legendary REALTOR® to share 5 secrets at Spring Conference

Wed, 02/25/2015 - 9:53am
Successful Broker, Trainer and Illinois REALTOR® Joe Niego of Chicago will kick off the Opening Session of the 2015 IAR Spring Conference & Expo, May 6 at the Gateway Center in Collinsville. Niego, who’s served more than 2,500 Chicago-area families … Continue reading →

Molinsky part of post-lunch webinar offered today: ‘Housing and Older Adults’

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 12:42pm
REALTORS® can gain insights into the housing challenges facing seniors and ask questions as the National Housing Conference (NHC) and the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) present a free webinar titled “Housing Older Adults” from 1 to 2 p.m. today. … Continue reading →

Inland’s Goodwin: 1031 Exchanges ‘fuel entire economy,’ should be preserved in tax code

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 10:46am
An article in Thehill.com this morning outlines the argument for retaining a portion of the tax code seen as a necessary catalyst for economic growth. Daniel L.  Goodwin, principal and chairman of Inland Real Estate Group Inc., lays out the … Continue reading →

Morning Minute: Selling your home this winter? Quick tips to improve its curb appeal

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 10:23am
Make your home stand out to prospective homebuyers amidst the season’s snow and ice with winter landscaping ideas from HouseLogic. A colorful front door or leaving holiday lights up to add a little sparkle to shrubbery or exteriors can draw … Continue reading →

Tuesday’s primaries: REALTORS® vote and make their voices heard

Tue, 02/24/2015 - 8:42am
You can make your voice heard this week by participating in the Illinois consolidated primary elections today (Feb. 24) for municipalities, park districts, townships, school districts, fire protection districts and other governing bodies. Candidates who advance from the primaries will … Continue reading →

Fundraiser planned for 2014 IAR President Phil Chiles’ bid to become Springfield alderman

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 3:13pm
Members of the Illinois Association of REALTORS® can support IAR Past President Phil Chiles in his bid to become Springfield’s Ward 10 Alderman by attending a fundraiser for him Wednesday. Among guests at the event will include sponsors Sangamon County Sheriff … Continue reading →

Infographic: Illinois January Housing Snapshot #IARMarketStats

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 9:38am
Illinois home prices surged 10.4 percent in January 2015, providing a solid start to the new housing year, according to the Illinois Association of REALTORS®. Read today’s news release | Download and share the infographic.

3 fantastic ways Managing Brokers can complete CE for license renewals

Mon, 02/23/2015 - 8:30am
Illinois’ Managing Brokers can count on the Illinois Association of REALTORS® when it comes to providing convenient, timely continuing education courses taught by engaging, veteran instructors! IAR has scheduled three Broker Management Continuing Education webinars before the April 30 license … Continue reading →

Check 3 Saturday deadlines for Illinois primaries

Fri, 02/20/2015 - 10:24am
Saturday (Feb. 21) is the last day for grace period registration, grace period voting and early voting in the Feb. 24 Illinois consolidated primary elections. According to the Illinois State Board of Elections, grace period registration, grace period voting and … Continue reading →

7 ways to make sure your phone etiquette doesn’t hang up clients

Thu, 02/19/2015 - 11:43am
Can a better grasp of modern phone etiquette help you save time, communicate better and demonstrate your respect for others? The answer for REALTORS® – professionals who live by their own Code of Ethics – is a resounding “yes!” Consider … Continue reading →

Want to view Gov. Rauner’s Budget Address?

Wed, 02/18/2015 - 5:28pm
If you missed the Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner’s 2015 Budget Address today, and you’d like to read, listen or view it without interruption, the state has provided a transcript, as well as audio and video recordings online. Titled the “Illinois … Continue reading →

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